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General Guidelines to Creating a Great Portfolio

Your portfolio is undoubtedly one of the most important documents that you will ever put together.  It is just as important for your portfolio to showcase your creativity as it is to demonstrate your professionalism, because these are the two essential qualities that any artist/designer/performer should possess.  However, too often people will put more focus or attention in one and not the other, and this is just one of the common mistakes that people just starting out will make.  Although we should all try to learn from our mistakes, it is important to avoid as many as we can, because it may take a long time before you get another opportunity that's just right for you.

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How to Make Your Resume ROAR

How to Make Your Resume ROAR (Results Oriented and Relevant)

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit
Two of the most important characteristics of a resume are that the resume must be Results (not task) Oriented And Relevant to potential employers. Unfortunately, many resumes present the reader with life histories and/or restated job descriptions (task oriented) rather than statements of accomplishments (results oriented). Furthermore, many resumes do not clearly state how the potential employer will benefit from hiring the potential employee. They leave that to the potential employer to determine. These two problems may lead to the resume being ignored.

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Portfolio advice for Everyone from a sound guy.

I must say, in undermining one element of the program I've pushed so hard to help establish (amongst many other hardworking folks out there) that sound portfolios are, in the long run, very, very, very difficult to evaluate.

One thing I do really push for, in any sort of portfolio presentation, is the messy stuff.  I want to see the designer's PROCESS more than anything else. The notes in the original script, the notes from the production meetings, etc.

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Avoiding A Portfolio Imbroglio

From Entertainment Design

“Who am I anyway? Am I my resume?” so goes the lyric from the opening number of A Chorus Line sung by an aspiring triple-threat. For aspiring theatre designers, the answer to the lyric is yes…and no. Design faculty at top colleges can easily see through the gloss of a slick portfolio. An attractive presentation is nice, but if the talent and the ability are not there, the presentation is moot.

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Internships with the Mouse

This is lifted directly from the Disney Internship Pages.

Our Company is dedicated to excellence in entertainment that ignites the spirit and warms the heart of each and every Guest. To set the scene we hire a wide range of professionals, including specialists in wardrobe, lighting, scenic design, production, stage management, and much more. In the Disney Professional Internship Entertainment role, participants have the opportunity to develop their technical skills in costuming, entertainment management, production, and even stage technician roles.

Internships in Entertainment may include:

  • Costumer
  • Costuming Buyer
  • Costuming Communications
  • Costuming Design
  • Costuming Management
  • Costuming Project Analyst
  • Costuming Workroom
  • Entertainment - Management/Disney Event Group
  • Entertainment - Production/Disney Event Group
  • Entertainment Resource Center
  • Entertainment Stage Technician

Positions are generally posted between late August - October (for spring programs) and late January-March (for fall programs).